@envelopsound. Inaugural performance. I went to the Bay Area last week. This was my first stop. 7 years ago Roddy (the DJ ) showed me a video he made walking through a market with a binaural sound recorder. It was revelatory. I've been waiting for this project ever since. Here's excerpts of a tech crunch write up "We’ve been stuck in stereo for too long. Ambisonics is the future of audio, where sound can come from any direction in a 3D space. But there are few places to listen to this type of music, and it’s even harder for artists to create it.
Envelop has already built the audio hardware and software for what may become the most high-fidelity public listening space in world
The initial Envelop installation will be a 75-person capacity room inside a new San Francisco entertainment complex in the Dogpatch district called The Midway. With an opening planned this summer, The Midway will feature a 3000-person DJ venue, a show kitchen with stadium seating for cooking classes, and have Envelop nestled inside to serve as an audio sanctuary and chill room during big events.
With Envelop’s software, artists will be able to create audio virtual reality. They could recreate a real-world scene, make music that spirals around you, or produce hypnotic soundscapes the confuse and elate the senses.
Envelop co-founder Christopher Willits tells me that with its open-source framework, “We’ve shown artists, who’ve never even heard of this technology before, how to use the software in a matter of 15 minutes.” That means even if you can’t experience Envelop in SF, you could still benefit from their aural innovation, built in part by one of Facebook’s first data scientists, Roddy Lindsay. “If you’re a performer and you’re using Ableton Live with a multi-track composition, you can take any track and place it anywhere in the space, and apply spatial effects to it” Lindsay tells me. The idea is for artists to design their own spatial audio effects, and then contribute them to create a “bank of effects that will grow over time”, says Lindsay.
By democratizing this rich sonic medium, Envelop could spur the creation of not only art, but sound science. There are plans to test the